Outsiders: Studies In The Sociology Of Deviance


Outsiders: Studies In The Sociology Of Deviance
Outsiders: Studies In The Sociology Of Deviance by Howard S. Becker

Although Becker does not claim to be a deviancy specialist, his work on the subject is often cited by sociologists and criminologists studying deviance. Becker's 1963 book Outsiders is credited as one of the first books on labeling theory and its application to studies of deviance. A compilation of early essays on the subject, Outsiders outlines Becker's theories of deviance through two deviant groups; marihuana users and dance musicians. In the book, Becker defines deviance as "not a quality of a bad person but the result of someone defining someones activity as bad.

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